Today, many people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment, and this can extend to funerals, as well. If you're pre-planning your funeral and would like to choose eco-friendly methods, then you have several green burial services from which to choose.
According to the Green Burial Council, which is currently the organization that sets the standards for green burials in North America, you can judge whether a product is suitable for a green burial by determining if is made from materials that are easily biodegradable and non-toxic. Additionally, the materials need to have been harvested in an eco-friendly manner that does not unnecessarily destroy natural habitats. The Green Burial Council lists many products that have been determined to meet green burial standards.
Traditionally, deceased individuals that are to be buried are treated with embalming fluid to help preserve the body until the funeral is complete. Unfortunately, normal embalming fluid contains formaldehyde, which is a chemical that has carcinogenic effects, making it an unfavorable material for funeral home workers and the environment. Due to concerns about the dangers of embalming fluid, there are now several embalming fluids available that are free of formaldehyde and made with eco-friendly and non-toxic biodegradable oils.
For anyone interested in planning a green burial, it is beneficial to work with a cemetery that is Green Burial Council certified. This certification means that the cemetery operators have agreed to meet certain eco-friendly standards and that future owners will adhere to specific environmentally-friendly practices. These cemeteries are held accountable through third party oversight and limit burial density on their grounds to help protect the local ecosystem.
If you are interested in planning a green funeral, then consider choosing Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park. We offer many options for environmentally-friendly funeral services and are one of the few Green Burial Council certified cemeteries on the west coast. Please give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to learn more about our services for green burials near San Mateo.